This stunning clock portrays a delightful scene in the Bavarian countryside, featuring a multi level chalet house with a timber facade and shingled roof that has been crafted with individual hand laid shingles. The roof also features two windows, and a bell tower that stands high above. Chalet style cuckoo clocks are the most famous and common type of cuckoo clock, and are often featured in the shape of alpine houses. They usually feature carvings that represent life in the mountain regions of Europe (mainly around Southern Germany, The Black Forest, Switzerland and Austria). Out the front of the chalet has a lot of detail, including a clock peddler to the left who is carrying clocks on his back who is off for the days work, whilst a lady in Black Forest attire waves him adieu. Next to the lady to the right is a clock maker who is busy working in his workshop, whilst his trusty dog guards the scene in front of his workshop. Additional features outside the chalet include a number of large carved trees, and a water wheel that help to set the scene perfectly.
This fascinating scene also includes a clock dial in the centre of the chalet, and a large amount of hand painted details including flowers in the windowsills. Directly above the clock dial are colourful dancers situated on a balcony, underneath the cuckoo bird. Rounding out this unique clock is a timber pendulum that hangs below the clock itself, alongside the weights.
The in-built cuckoo of this clock calls the time each hour and once at half past through a door that opens, with an automatic night shut-off function to allow you a sound sleep before recommencing again the next morning. There are two melodies that alternate with this clock after the cuckoo calls - Edelweiss and Happy Wanderer. This particular clock is an 8 day mechanism, and therefore needs to be wound once a week. Perhaps the most unique aspect of this clock is the automaton (moving elements) that it features real lights in the windows and in the clock makers workshop which turn on hourly; in addition to the clock peddler who moves his walking umbrella; the lady who waves out to the clock peddler, the water wheel which spins, and the dancers on the balcony who twirl when music plays on the hour.
This beautifully designed clock by HÖNES is a charming timepiece, suitable for those looking for a quality cuckoo clock using carving methods that have been practised for hundreds of years.
|Movement||Mechanical 8 Day Chain Wind|
|Clock Sound||Cuckoo & Music or No Sound|
|Theme||People & Culture|
|Automaton (Moving Parts)||Window Lights|
|Automaton (Moving Parts)||Black Forest Lady|
|Automaton (Moving Parts)||Clock Maker|
|Automaton (Moving Parts)||Water Wheel|
|Automaton (Moving Parts)||Clock Peddler|
|Automaton (Moving Parts)||Dancers|
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